Katie DeRosa first recipient of R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship.


Katie DeRosa, a journalist with the Victoria Times Colonist, centre, is the first recipient of the $25,000 R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship.  DeRosa said she was honoured to receive the fellowship and said her proposal will look in-depth at Australia’s tough crackdown on refugees and whether Canada will use it as a model.

Katie DeRosa’s special report, an investigation of Canada’s refugee policy,  appeared as a week-long series in November, following her three-month investigation of Australia’s refugee system —the basis for the Harper government’s changes to Canadian law. She travelled from the controversial Christmas Island detention centre to the human-smuggling hub of Bangkok, doing research that revealed how the Australian system costs billions and takes a toll on legitimate refugees kept in detention centres for years.

Katie DeRosa won an Amnesty International Canada media award for her series on Canada’s human smuggling reforms, funded by the $25,000 R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship. The stories won in the local/alternative print category.  Full story of Amnesty award.

Katie DeRosa is among three finalists nominated for the 2013 Canadian Hillman Prize in Journalism. On March 18 Katie DeRosa’s three-month investigation of Canada’s refugee system was awarded an honourable mention in the annual Canadian Hillman Prize in Journalism.  The U.S.-based Sidney Hillman Foundation awards the prize, which honours excellence in journalism in service of the common good.

Australia’s asylum-seekers find nothing but misery on Christmas Island Katie DeRosa’s story in Postmedia News

Fellowship takes writer to Australia.  Katie DeRosa’s setup story in the Times Colonist newspaper.

Katie DeRosa’s website

Katie DeRosa on twitter

Statement made on 14 March 2012 by Senator Jim Munson

Bruce Campion-Smith’s story in The Star

Postmedia story

Carleton Newsroom story



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